On July 11, 2016, Barkley Bridge teachers Angie Harris, Kim Jared, and Jamie Dutton joined Principal Susan Hayes in a live broadcast via EdWeb.net. EdWeb and Project Lead the Way invited Barkley Bridge to share advice with other schools and teachers on how to grow a successful STEM school. STEM schools lay a foundation for careers in Engineering and Technology as well as in the more traditional content areas of elementary schooling.
EdWeb believes schools in the United States and in other nations have a great deal of interest in transforming their schools to meet the engineering and technology demands of a changing world and changing work force. They approached Indianapolis-based, STEM-provider Project Lead the Way in search of a model elementary school to share strategies. Project Lead the Way recommended Barkley Bridge.
394 educators from as nearby as Harvest, Alabama and as far away as Lima, Peru tuned in to take notes and ask questions. Revealed in the webinar were plans for Barkley Bridge's 2016-2017 school year which includes an expanded maker-space in the library, additional STEM modules in K-4 classrooms, an enhanced STEM Family Night, computer coding for every K-4 student, and a Winterfest carnival with STEM-related family activities.
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